Considering the Collection | Music Matters, May 1, 2015


Keeping current on new genres and subgenres can be a big job; it’s important to track industry awards and make sure the winners are available. Here Amy Dalton answers a few questions specifically relating to collection development in recorded music.

Pop Alternatives | Music Matters, March 1, 2015


For popular artists, titles, and genres, I like to keep mental lists of alternatives that are more likely to be on the shelf, such as these suggestions for ten of today’s most popular artists.

Lincoln, 150 Years On | Collection Development: Lincoln’s Legacy


The vast amount of literature on Abraham Lincoln is almost unmatched in the English language. Interest in our 16th president has never abated, and these 34 titles will enlighten some, disillusion others, and stand as a basic resource.

African American Lives: Books for February, Black History Month


These 100 titles celebrate the rich variety of the lives of the community’s artists, ­businesspeople, athletes, scholars, activists, and more.

What’s New from Our Neighbors | Collection Development: Latin American Fiction


Literature in Latin America since the boom of the 1960s and 1970s hasn’t slackened in production of quality works or diversity of themes. These 29 titles will add flavor to all collections.

What Are You Weighting For? | Collection Development: Diet Facts & Fads


Weight loss programs and products are big business. But who has the answers for those unsure of how to eat healthfully? These 35 resources offer up the skinny on staying in good shape while eating well.

And the Audie Goes To… | Collection Development: Award-Winning Narrations


Established by the Audio Publishers Association in 1996 to highlight the best audio productions of the year, Audie Awards are currently presented in more than 30 categories. These 31 selections of best narrations will find avid listeners among your patrons.

Spanish on our Shelves | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Materials


With 37 million speakers, Spanish is the top non-English language spoken at home in the United States, with audiences from different countries and different traditions. These 44 titles, plus a list of vendors, will help librarians appeal to every population.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A Library Journal Day of Dialog Town-Hall Meeting

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Attendees, prompted by questions from a panel of their fellow librarians, discussed several hot-button issues at LJ’s Day of Dialog last week. The Town Hall meeting—planned to encourage the “dialog” promised on the day—was chaired by LJ’s Prepub Alert editor Barbara Hoffert, who introduced Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services at Darien Library, CT; Melissa […]

Heroes for Our Time: 21st-Century Superheroes


Superheroes come in all shapes and colors and settings, but we perhaps need them more right here and now in our own backyards. These two dozen titles display the best of 21st-century superheroes.